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Small group leaders, pastors, and more discussing strategies for growth and community in church groups. The Small Group Network is an international ministry that equips churches to engage in deeper discipleship and community.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 48 Ratings

Small group leaders, pastors, and more discussing strategies for growth and community in church groups. The Small Group Network is an international ministry that equips churches to engage in deeper discipleship and community.

    The Saddleback Small Group Difference

    The Saddleback Small Group Difference

    Do you need more small group leaders? How would you like to see an exponential increase of volunteers stepping up to serve in your church? Steve Gladen, Global Small Groups Pastor at Saddleback Church, pulls from his 25 years of small group ministry experience to encourage and equip listeners to lead healthier, growing and more effective small group ministries. In this episode, Steve shares his timeless and commonsense keys to building healthier small groups. In this episode titled "The Saddleback Small Group Difference," Steve shares 7 transferable keys that Saddleback church has used to build one of the largest and healthiest small group ministries. You are not going to want to miss this episode!
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    • 49 min
    March 2024 The Lobby Panel

    March 2024 The Lobby Panel

    This month's episode features a panel conversation between Steve Gladen, Dave Enns from North Coast, Rick Howerton from Lakepointe Church, and moderation by Carolyn Taketa. Join us as we listen in to their discussion on their decades of small group experience while at the Lobby Gathering small group conference and retreat in San Juan Capistrano.


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    • 58 min
    Think critically: Accomplish More with Less

    Think critically: Accomplish More with Less

    Do you need more small group leaders? How would you like to see an exponential increase of volunteers stepping up to serve in your church? Steve Gladen, Global Small Groups Pastor at Saddleback Church, pulls from his 25 years of small group ministry experience to encourage and equip listeners to lead healthier, growing and more effective small group ministries. In this episode, Steve shares his timeless and commonsense keys to building healthier small groups. In this episode titled "Think critically: accomplish more with less," Steve shares 8 ways to accomplish more with less in your small group ministry. You are not going to want to miss this episode!


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    • 40 min
    Creating an Environment for Spiritual Growth with Dr. Bill Donahue

    Creating an Environment for Spiritual Growth with Dr. Bill Donahue

    Today's episode comes from a small group conference at Saddleback Church. The session speaker is Dr. Bill Donahue as he shares about how to create an environment for spiritual growth in small groups.
    Dr. Donahue is one of the most well respected and accomplished speakers and small group practitioners, having written several books and taught at the collegiate level. He also is a coach and leads cohorts at the small group network.
    To learn more about small groups, or to share your own small group ministry experience, find Steve Gladen and others at https://smallgroupnetwork.com, our facebook group, or join our community at https://go.smallgroupnetwork.com


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    Interviewing Nicky Gumbel - Vicar, Holy Trinity Brompton, and Pioneer of the Alpha Course

    Interviewing Nicky Gumbel - Vicar, Holy Trinity Brompton, and Pioneer of the Alpha Course

    Steve Gladen, pastor of small groups at Saddleback Church visits London to interview Nicky Gumbel, Vicar, Holy Trinity Brompton, and Pioneer of the Alpha Course.
    Nicky and his wife Pippa have impacted millions throughout the world with the Alpha course. Steve talks through what goes into an Alpha course and what makes it effective with Nicky.
    To learn more about small groups, or to share your own small group ministry experience, find Steve Gladen and others at https://smallgroupnetwork.com, our facebook group, or join our community at https://go.smallgroupnetwork.com


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    • 37 min
    How To Move From Making Friends To Reaching Friends

    How To Move From Making Friends To Reaching Friends

    The episode features Steve Gladen who, leveraging his extensive experience of over 25 years, offers insights on leading small group ministry in churches. He addresses the common misconception of people fearing evangelism, emphasizing how the experience fundamentally transforms when done as a group. Gladen shares practical strategies to equip small groups in spreading the gospel, growing the church and leading people to Jesus. He also underscores the importance of sharing starts with caring and the role of curriculum strategy in successful evangelism.


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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Brian from Shepherd ,

Thank you for sharing your heart Steve!

I’ve been listening to this podcast for a while now. I really enjoy hearing different voices share different angles and perspectives regarding small groups and leadership. I just listened to the latest episode of “Inside Saddleback” with Steve Gladen. He talked about “3 Areas for Your Groups to Shine in Today’s Culture.”

I just wanted to reach out and say what an amazing job you did Steve! I was listening to it on my walk this morning. I’m really not sure which part stood out the most to me but I was feeling it the whole way through.

Thank you for sharing your heart and experiences with us. And for saying some tough love stuff that needed to be said. Well done bro!!

Anyway. I hope this is encourages you to hear and know that you have encouraged me and many many others out there in small groups land. God bless Steve! Hope to see you again very soon

dolson123456789 ,

Fun & insightful podcast!

I love this podcast! It’s real, raw & informative regarding all things small group ministry! Host Carolyn Taketa is a small group master-sage & has an incredible ability to draw gold nuggets of wisdom out of her guests. The producer - Jason, seems like a real nice guy & I always like it when he appears at the end.

dpolla8 ,

Great info!

Thank you for providing this podcast! We are a newer church and are starting up small groups for the first time. This podcast has been such a great resource! Thank you!!!

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